May 20, 2006 |
Months after the Pennsylvania auditor general criticized health departments for not making restaurant inspection reports public, the Philadelphia Department of Health yesterday began posting the information on the Web. The city posted reports of what it described as serious violations of the health code, including mouse and fly infestations, in food-service establishments in 2004 and 2005. Among the restaurants cited for various infractions were the well-known White Dog Cafe in West Philadelphia, and Matyson, Alma de Cuba, and Susanna Foo in Center City.
November 9, 2012 |
BISMARCK, N.D. - Voters in heavily agriculture-dependent North Dakota became the first to enshrine in their state constitution the right to farm, a move that some say could have far-reaching effects on genetic modification, land use, and the way animals are raised. The amendment approved Tuesday guarantees the right of farmers to engage in "modern" agriculture and bars any law limiting their right "to employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production, and ranching practices.
June 2, 2015 |
Like a bird with its wings spread out to catch wind, the drone glides effortlessly over expansive farm fields, harvesting gigabytes of data while following a preplanned flight path. Does the crop need fertilizer? Is it getting enough water? Are there signs of insect infestation? Is it time for pesticides and weed killers? In a single day, information is collected by sensors, interpreted by computer programs, then provided to the grower through photos and color-keyed maps of the land.
December 22, 2006 |
Sonja Hillgren Downs, 58, a renowned journalist who specialized in farming and agriculture, died of a brain tumor Tuesday at home in Center City. Under the byline of Sonja Hillgren, she broke such stories as the Reagan administration's plan to count ketchup as a vegetable in school food programs, and the farm crisis in the early 1980s. Growing up in Sioux Falls, S.D. - in a home where politics was breakfast conversation, her father, Ralph Hillgren, was a newspaperman, state legislator and farm owner - she gravitated to farm journalism early in her career.
September 27, 2000 |
A decade ago, students in the vocational agriculture program at Owen J. Roberts High School learned about milk and crop production, skills they applied upon graduation to the myriad farms that dotted the fertile hills around here. Now those farms are mostly gone, and so is traditional agriculture education. Subjects now include landscaping, horticulture, floral arranging, animal and pet care, forestry and environmental conservation. "Production-based agricultural education was not working," said Peg Tinder, an agriculture teacher.
March 16, 1989 |
Calling for a "radical transformation" of the Soviet farm system, Mikhail S. Gorbachev yesterday opened a crucial Communist Party meeting by proposing that the agriculture super-ministry he created three years ago be abolished. The Soviet leader also called for collective and state farms to be drastically redesigned to be run as cooperatives by groups of leaseholders. The speech concluded the first day of a two-day plenary meeting of the Central Committee, whose 307 members officially set party policy.
September 20, 2002 |
America's food supply is vulnerable to an agricultural bioterrorist attack, and the United States is unable to prevent it, poorly equipped to spot it, and not prepared to respond to it, the National Academy of Sciences said yesterday. "The nation has inadequate plans to deal with agricultural bioterrorism," said the 174-page report by 14 of the nation's top veterinary, plant, disease, insect, biology, genetics and bioterrorism scientists. The scientists, who defined the threat as "low-tech, high-impact bioterrorism," praised the Bush administration for realizing there was such a problem and trying to address it quickly.
January 20, 1986 |
Deep inside a new laboratory near Trenton, beyond the lobby where an 8-foot ceramic praying mantis hangs on the wall, about 10,000 tiny wasps are flying around inside pickle jars. Imported from Colombia, the wasps are smaller than gnats and harmless - unless you happen to be a Colorado potato beetle. In fact, agriculture officials say, the wasps could wipe out enough beetles to save New Jersey farmers millions of dollars, while eliminating the need for spraying fields in the state with thousands of pounds of potentially dangerous pesticides.
April 4, 1990 |
Blakey T. Deal, 76, of Wynnewood, a veterinarian who made house calls, died Monday at Lankenau Hospital. Dr. Deal, a 5-foot-11 blond with a cleft chin, included among his many clients two former mayors, Frank L. Rizzo and Richardson Dilworth. "I used to tell him he worked like a country doctor," said his wife of 48 years, Eleanor McEwing Deal. "He had a big heart. " On one of those house calls, Dr. Deal attended to a Tennessee walking horse of Rizzo's that had come up lame.
January 31, 1993 |
In Port Antonio, Jamaica, they know plenty about tropical fruits and vegetables. In Doylestown, the specialities are agribusiness and entrepreneurship. But in the next few years, agriculture students and faculty in these distant locations will become more proficient in areas they now know little about. Delaware Valley College in Doylestown Township is launching an extensive exchange program with the College of Agriculture in Port Antonio to share information and broaden its international outreach.